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will be named. former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary and homeland security adviser john brennan for cia director. he has already picked senator john kerry as his nominee for secretary of state. president's choice, chuck hagel for defense secretary already coming under some fire. some republicans point to comments that hagel made back in 2007, that they perceive as anti-jewish. here is how south carolina lindsey graham described the decision to nominate hagel. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were po
at this point. for the past four years john brennan has served as the president's top counterterrorism advisor at the white house. he will face questions about the administration's expanded drone assassination program. brennan has been the, at the forefront of that program. he was the first to come out in and publicly acknowledge it back in april of last year. brennan has been notably absent of any public discussions about benghazi for which he is likely to also face a degree of tough scrutiny. jenna? jenna: what, so that is for the head of the cia. these are big positions. let's move to the defense secretary as well. what can you tell us about the president's pick for defense secretary, the controversy down in d.c. surrounding potentially that choice? >> reporter: what has concerned both republicans and democrats, in terms of the choice of chuck hagel for defense secretary is essentially remarks that he made when he was in the senate about israel. in 2006 he gave an interview tomorrow toer middle east envoy aaron david miller. hagel said the following. >> the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of
nominee john brennan and incoming secretary of state john kerry represent a shift in the way the u.s. wages war and the president's attempts to put an imprint on u.s. foreign policy. today, hagel will have his first chance to publicly respond to his critics, in a 112-page questionnaire requested by the committee, hagel begins to do that on iran and israel. this is what he said in the questionnaire, and he'll be questioned about this today. on the questionnaire, i am committed to considering all options to counter iran and its aggression and to maintain u.s. support for missile defense systems in israel. translation, he's for unilateral military action if necessary against iran. more. "if iran continues to flout its international obligations, it should continue to face severe and growing consequences. while there is time and space for diplomacy, backed by pressure, the window is closing." this is what he says on gay rights in the questionnaire, "i fully support gay and lesbian women serving openly in the u.s. military and am committed to a full implementation of the repeal of don't
at the defense department and counterterrorism adviser john brennan to run the c.i.a. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, we have more on the nominations and the vigorous debate about the president's picks. >> ifill: then margaret warner has the latest on an $8.5 billion settlement against ten major banks over foreclosure abuses. >> woodruff: ray suarez breaks down a new report detailing health care spending since the passing of the affordable care act. >> ifill: and we continue our series of conversations with newly elected members of congress. tonight: texas republican senator ted cruz, a vocal opponent of the eleventh-hour fiscal cliff deal. >> i would have voted against it because i think it was a lousy deal. it wasn't a serious response to the grave fiscal and economic problems facing this country. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance a
announcing cia director will be john brennan today. that's coming out at 1:00. they clearly leaked that announcement to take the heat off the chuck hagel kerfuffle. in washington, no one's talking about it, though. they're talking about rg3. >> do you think it's going to happen for chuck hagel? >> yes, i do. it's going to be a spirited confirmation process, but i think it will happen. >> cnn newsroom with carol costello begins now. we'll see everyone else back here tomorrow morning. sorry. next time, charles. good morning, carol. >> good morning. thanks a lot. >>> here's what's happening in the newsroom. a war hero and washington politics. former senator chuck hagel may need the war survival skills as one-time allies rally against his pending nomination as defense secretary. >> my wife is a hero. she protected her kids. she did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner. >>> a georgia man praising his wife after she fought back against an intruder. gun rights advocates say we told you so. >>> rg3 down and out. the redskins have replaced their franchise quarter
will replace panetta and president obama has nominated john brennan to replace embattleed general petraeus who was linked to enhanceed techniques for questioning, and was involved in the killing of osama bin laden, a 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. and among president obama's closest advisors. >> confirmed, i will make it my mission to ensure that the c.i.a. has the tools it needs to keep our nation safe and that it work reflects the liberties freedoms and values we hold dear. >> both express their deep gratitude in being nominated for the positions. neither confirmation is guarantee. the white house says it is confident both will assume the positions for president obama's second term. both posts require senate confirmation. live in the newsroom for abc7 fuzz. >> thank you. developing news, the supreme court scheduled back-to-back sessions dealing with same-sex marriage starting march 26 at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. the high court scheduled arguments in the challenge to california's proposition 8 that forbids same sex margin. the next day they will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of th
counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. but of course republicans on the hill are panning this pick. and some democrats as well have some concerns. critics charge that hagel's support of israel has been lacking, and that he has not been tough enough on iran. they point to his comments, once describing apac, the leading pro-israel lobby, as the jewish lobby. and also to his lack support for unilateral sanctions against iran. but here at the white house, they're pointing to his support for sanctions from the u.s. as well as its allies, together, forming sanctions against iran. this is something president obama referenced today in the east room. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand with allies. and with friends. as a successful
hagel, former secretary of defense and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. >> woodruff: hagel is a vietnam veteran who would replace the retiring leon panetta. he would be the first defense secretary who saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >> in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck is the champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families. as the leader of the v.a., he fought to give our veterans the benefits they deserve. as head of the u.s.o., he devoted himself to caring for our troops. >> woodruff: the former senator from nebraska who left office in 2009 said he especially wants to serve those in uniform. >> these are people who give so much to this nation every day. with such dignity and selflessness. this is particularly important at a time as we complete our mission in afghanistan and support the troops and military families who have sacrificed so much over more than a decade of war. >> woodruff: but on sunday senate minority leader mitch mcconnell made clear h
the best in chuck hagel, john brennan, and senator kerry and that as the president looks to fill these other positions, finding the best is what will guide him. wolf? >> the president also has an important visit with the afghan president hamid karzai. what do they hope to accomplish? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. they will have a bilateral meeting. you can already see the flag of afghanistan flying over the blair house. that is where he will be staying while here in washington. we're told by white house aides that they will be talking about security, political and the economic transition. that, of course, is very key as the u.s. looks to 2014 to withdrawing from afghanistan. they will be talking about what the u.s. footprint will look like in afghanistan after 2014. they will have their bilateral meeting and also a working lunch and then a joint press conference, wolf. >> we'll be watching that. thanks very much, dan lothian. >>> all right. this just coming in to "the situation room." new photos of a retired fbi agent who's been missing since 2007. robert levin son's family re
, more on the president's nomination of john brennan to be the next c.i.a. director, now the current advisor on counter trim. he was the candidate in 2008 before withdrawing over the tactics used during the bush administration. he was with the agency if 25 years and he needs senate confirmation. >> secretary of state, hillary clinton is set to return to work today for the first time since she was sidelined by a string of health issues. she was discharged from a new york hospital last week after starting treatment if a blood clot. her troubles started last month when she fainted from dehydration caused by the flu and suffered from a concussion. doctors found a blood clot during a test related to the concussion. >> breaking news live from,ryville -- from emeryville camera, in berkeley at university near interstate 80. you can see the flames in the center of the screen. obviously, berkeley firefighters are headed that way. we will tell you more on what is burning and what steps are being taken to handle this. stay with us for this breaking news. aural right, looks like that could be a w
: president obama also nominated his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, to serve as cia director. john brennan was considered for cia director back in 2008 but he withdrew his name when questions came up about whether he had supported controversial interrogation techniques under the bush administration. in washington, i'm danielle leigh, nbc news. >>> more news from capitol hill, despite objections by the u.s. state department, google's executive chairman eric shah submit in north korea this morning. schmidt is part of a four-day humanitarian trip to the region organized by former new mexico governor, bill richardson. the group left beijing this morning. richardson says they plan to ask about korean-american kenneth bay detained by north korea in december. >> i have spoken to the son of the detainee. he want knows try to bring his father back. we think that will be difficult, but we're gonna try to see him and inquire about his condition, so that's another humanitarian side of the trip. >> the group is traveling as y private citizens, not representatives of the u.s. or google. >>> mo
for secretary of defense and counter terrorism advisor john brennan for the head of the cia. confirmation hearings loom on capitol hill. tonight, the tough questions ahead on the war in afghanistan. terrorism, iran, and u.s. support for israel. plus, the chairman of google lands in north korea on a controversial trip with former new mexico governor bill richardson. >> we're here as individual american citizens. >> bill: so. >> shepard: so what's the internet titan doing in the world's least connected nation? and the suspect in last summer's colorado movie theater killing spree back in court. tonight, our first look at the prosecution's case against james holmes. and that's first from fox this monday night. it was a painfully difficult day in the courtroom where aurora, colorado police officers testified the victims were crying out for help. blood all over the place. the movie still playing overhead. cell phones ringing. chaos all around the families of the massacre victims hearing emotional testimony from those who rushed to save their loved ones lives. taking some to hospitals in their p
of that announcement, nominating john brennan as cia director. it's the hagel pick that has been scrutinized. >> he has long severed his ties with the republican party. this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. >> hagel's record is very, very troubling on the nation of israel. he has not been a friend to israel. in my view the united states should stand unshakably with the nation of israel. and he has consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemy. >> i think it would be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel. but he'll be treated fairly by republicans in the senate. >> i want to bring in matt welch, editor in chief for reason magazine and perry bacon, political editor for thegrio.com. president obama nominated john kerry for secretary of state before christmas. now he's running out his national security team, chuck hagel, john brennan. the president essentially walked away from susan rice. why does he want this fight? >> it's a great political idea on his behalf. if there's a big fight over this defense pick, it's going to be between r
carolina is call forgive a delay for john brennan. >> he served under george bush jr. >> jennifer: he's saying that we want to learn more about bengahzi. lendcy graham has raised his head to object to any and all these cabinets. >> they would call john mccain maverick because he would do whatever he thought. lindsey graham is trying to be maverick jr. >> jennifer: he has good ratings in south carolina. >> he has good ratings right now, but we don't know which tea party candidate is going to run against him. jim dement from south carolina who just left, he was a true tea party right wing nut. a lot of south carolinaens especially republicans, don't think lindsey graham is a right wing nut too. >> jennifer: he has been prior to these past couple of years he has been a voice a reasonable, rational voice. >> sometimes he has sometimes he hasn't. >> jennifer: when he looks at climate change. >> yes. >> jennifer: he seemed to be reasonable. but all of a sudden he has taken this far tact to the right. >> he has a primary in a year and a half. >> jennifer: his numbers are pretty good. >> rich
is being considered. they are settling on john brennan, the chief counterterrorism advisor to the president. he has been very close to the president the past four years. he is the white house choice to replace david petraeus. brennan will face serious questions about his role in the cia enhanced teartation techniques program, other controversial bush era programs. this is the reason brennan with drew his name as possible cia director in 2008. brennan has been noticeably absent of any public discussions about benghazi which he is likely to face tough scrutiny, bill. bill: a lot of questions. jennifer, thank you. we await the announcement from the north lawn there. martha has more. martha: as jennifer was just reporting hagel is drawing controversyal attention in terms of votes and statements he made in the past. he was one of only two senators to vote against the iran-libya sanctions act in 2001 arguing it would undercut efforts he felt to engage with tehran. mr. hagel also raised some eyebrows with comments he made in 1999 explaining his opposition to lifting the ban on gays and lesbians se
.s. senate and he's been an adviser to him now in the white house and then john brennan at cia, someone who's been by his side for four years. >> what is the strategy? first read mentions jack reid and the statement praising chuck hagel. what's the strategy? you have people wondering why not take up the fight for susan rice and how are the dynamics different? >> as chuck todd pointed out, there are as many as ten different democratic senators opposed to chuck hagel and it's going to be up to the white house to wage a significant campaign using some democrats like senator jack reid from rhode island to win them over. the white house probably decided that they needed to go ahead and fight for chuck hagel in this matter. i've heard from the white house that the susan rice and john kerry were pretty much tied folks going in to that state department gig. president obama going with john kerry but you are seeing the white house going for a full throttled fight to get and to win chuck hagel and not going to be easy. >> mark murray, thank you so much. happy new year. see you tomorrow. >> thanks. >>>
to be a big week for white house staff announcements. president obama will nominate john brennan as an ex-c.i.a. director. that could happen as soon as today. brennan previously spent 25 years at the spy agency. mike morrell is acting director. he replaced general petraeus who resigned over an extra marital affair. today we'll begin to hear all of the evidence against the colorado movie massacre. the judge will then decide if the case should go to trial. holmes is accused of killing 12 people, injuring dozens more in that shooting last july. secretary of state hillary clinton heading back to work today. a few hours from now clinton will return to the state department. she was released five days ago from a hospital for treatment of a potentially life threatening blood clot. many lawmakers still demanding secretary clinton testify about the benghazi libya terror attack before they vote on john kerry as her successor. >>> look at what's left of this car that had a six-month-old baby inside when it ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck. this is in the state of maine. cops say even
and on the right white house counter-terrorism advisor john brennan who has been tapped to head the cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i am confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> in the days to come it is expected the president will try to make his current chief of staff lack -- jack lew the treasury secretary. he has a contentious relationship with capitol hill. he will have to talk about the debt creeling and spending cuts. he is sure to answer questions about the time he spent in the cia and the role he played in enhanced terror methods and legal questions surrounding drone attacks. the most difficult nominations will almost surely be chuck hagel for defense. his comments about israel and talks with iran are already angering some senate republicans. if the white house runs into trouble with these three, the one guy that may have the relative cake walk here as far as his confirmation is concerned is senator john kerry
had a case with once, gave a speech, and a third individual named john brennan gave a speech. all three in the speeches said essentially what the justification was. the judge said that wasn't a waiver. that is the legal concept. the judge probably made the right decision but we will see what happens. >>gregg: hold are -- holder said when you target a person for due process, protections apply but that does not require "judicial process." is he kidding? >>guest: what is good for the goose is good for the gander. you put someone in government bay without relating to habeas corpus and now you can kill them? >>gregg: that statement gives fuel to the critic whose say he is not competent to be attorney general. thank you, doug. even with the fiscal cliff deal, odds are your taxes will go up the how much? that is coming up next. he beat the odds more than once to get to congress. how senator came back from a stroke. a remarkable day, walking up the stairs outdoors, the nation's capitol today. >>gregg: look at this swearing in ceremony for the house of representatives a photo op and joinin
's nominee for u.s. ambassador to luxembourg was openly gay. president obama will be nominating john brennan for director of the cia to replace the david petraeus and resigned are the scandal regarding his affair. brennan reserve and the cia for 25 years and currently serves as the president's top counter-terrorism adviser. present all, consider britain for the top c.i.a. job in 2008 but britton withdrew his name and questions about his connection to a and i enhance interrogation techniques that it in the cia during the bush administration. >> a man is on the run this morning after police say he intentionally set a woman on fire and the baby district of sampras's go. police a 22 year-old dexter caliber and a victim were dating. the victim is being treated in the burn center at st. francis hospital. witnesses tell the sampras as the police said they heard a woman screaming on hollister avenue between third and jennings yesterday after numb. police say oliver approached her, through flammable liquid over her, and then set her body on fire. it's possible that after words our walk down the stree
to mention is john brennan. john brennan is going to be nominated to head the cia probably today. brennan is very close to the president. i'm told that if there's one person he relies on in the most secret inner debates, it's john brennan who's been his chief counterterrorism and intelligence adviser. john brennan is going to go over to run the cia. in the three branches, he'll have people who were his people. you couldn't say that about gates. he couldn't say that about secretary clinton. and now have that team. and i think that's, again, don't think entirely about the fight ahead. think about what he's trying to accomplish with this group. why he wants them. >> that is the question.brennan goes as planned. what would that mean for the direction of u.s. foreign policy and the president's foreign policy doctrine, and how would it differ from the first four years? >> what that tells you, i think, mika, is this president is serious about completing this process of withdrawal of u.s. troops. kerry and hagel have both spoken very forcefully about ending the combat role in afghanistan. it rein
-terrorism chief john brennan for cia director. controversy surrounds hagel because of opposition to troop surges in iraq and afghanistan, and some of his positions on israel. the president cited one main reason for both of his picks. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple, who is going to do the best job in securing america? these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> now, there's something to be said for how a president picks cabinet nominees, cabinet secretaries, in his second term. let's bring in author and presidential historian, douglas brinkley, professor of history, fellow at rice university and author of a thousand books, last i checked. thank you for being with us. as you just heard, the president wanted to be seen as tough, particularly as tough on terrorism, these two men seem to fit the bill. what's the issue about the president appointing just anybody he wants? why is
was openly gay. president obama also has a new appointment for the director of the cia, john brennan. he served in the cia for 25 years and currently serves as presidents top counter- terrorism adviser. he was glad to be nominated and 2008 but braden withdrew his name and questions about his connections to enhance the interrogation techniques and the cia during the bush administration. >> assemblywoman nancy skinner is scheduled to reintroduce legislation aimed at a tougher gun control and california. she is expected to propose a law that will regulate and tighten ammunition sales and the state and ban high- capacity magazines. oakland mayor jean kwon is expected to attend the news conference announcing the legislation. skitters new bill will require background checks and will require ammunition purchasers to show their id. the bill also proposed what that all ammunition sales be reported to the department of justice among other regulations. we'll have a live report from kron4 as will tran and the next half hour. >> authorities are investigating a shooting that ended a 16 year-old girl t
senator ron wyden has asked cia nominee and white house counterterrorism adviser john brennan to explain the administration's legal basis for targeting u.s. citizens overseas. on monday, senator wyden released a letter to brennan ahead of brennan's confirmation hearings to head the cia. he wrote -- brennan has reportedly overseen the obama administration's targeted assassination program known as the disposition matrix during his one ostend, and could likely continue that role at the helm of the cia. secretary of homeland security janet napolitano will remain in her post for obama's second term according to white house officials. napolitano's and who prefers to serve as arizona governor, has been criticized by immigrant rights advocates for presiding over a record number of deportations in the 2012 fiscal year. in a statement, a representative from the national day labor organizing network said -- the news napolitano's staying on comes as the obama administration is said to be preparing to unveil a new push for immigration reform in the coming months. federal prosecutors have dropped the
would be -- and the sequester. >> not as difficult ahead for john brennan. >> unlike tolikelikely to drawe criticism. if confirmed it would be a home coming. he was considered for the cia post in 2008 but wealth drew his name to avoid contentious questioning over the agency use of water boarding and so called enhanced in tare gation techniques which eight time he said he opposed. he public aapologized for missing intelligence over the so called underwear bomber and there will be questions over the use of drones to target al-qaeda leaders. he was the first administration official to publicly acknowledge that and that has drawn criticism from some of the president's critics. >> shepard: bring in michael ohanley now. hello. >> headquarters, shepherd. >> shepard: let's speak about chuck hagel. what is really at the bottom of this? >> well, you know, think you summed it up well in the earlier spot. it is not just that people have specific disagreements with him on iran or on israel. but i think many republicans see him as a man who sort of strayed from the flock. sometimes you take the
that he needs to answer. >> steve: sure. one of the president's other nominees is john brennan for c.i.a. chief. it's interesting, the president didn't nominate him four years ago because he was probably a little too controversial. what's different now? >> john brennan has a very distinguished career, but i do think he, being part of president bush's administration in regards to the enhanced terrogation techniques, these are issues that during the confirmation process there will be questions that will be asked. i think there are questions he also needs to answer. he has a very distinguished career and we know the president has a great deal of confidence in him. one of the points is that the president is entitled to have his team in place. the senate has an independent responsibility in the confirmation process. so we have a responsibility to ask questions. we want the president to get his team in place. but we do believe it's important that people -- we have the information before we vote on confirmation and make our own judgment as to whether this is the person who should be confirm
advisor john brennan to head the c.i.a.. >> regulators will announce a $10 billion foreclosure settlement with banks. "new york times" says 14 major banks have agreed to the deal providing $6 billion to help homeowners in danger of losing their home. $3.25 billion will bring cash relief to those who dealt with foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. >> and on monday morning we will see what the weather looks like if the commute. >> not only is visibility sketchy, and tougher, we have slick roads. >> mike? >> worried about the fog freezing. be careful inland. now, as we head through the afternoon, you can see the slow measure from yesterday headed toward arizona. here is the next weather system bringing a few high clouds do mix with sunshine and we are in between jet streams, one to the north and one to the south. that will give us a break from the wet weather for two or three days. we are in the 30's inland to low 40's for the rest of us and let to mid-50's at lunch and mid-50's at 4:00 with high clouds and sun and back in the 40's by 7:00. today the temperatures are three to eight degrees warmer t
. and i think john brennan in his time at the white house, and presuming he moves over to the central intelligence agency, i think he philosophically has that point of view. there are some limits in terms of classification, but i believe the secrecy surrounding drones particularly with respect to pakistan works with to our advantage. i hope the administration finds ways to be more transparent going forward. this is a full plate for john kerry. we have known crisis dealing with syria. can we have a meaningful conversation with iran. he'll be at the forefront of creating a sustainable relationship and a working relationship with new leadership in china. he has been very involved over the years but only in pakistan issues afghanistan issues. he'll work the diplomat iic aspect of the war and he has been involved in the crisis of sudan. if the list wasn't long enough there is the emerging challenge in mali and across and of courseofcourse britain's role, he'll be looking at the concerns of the united states about britain turning inward as opposed to being a strong voice within the european
senators are raising questions about deputy national security advisor john brennan's chances of becoming cia director since at least one democratic senator has an issue with mr. brennan's role in the government, targeting americans that we thought were involved in terrorism, such as anwar al-awlaki, jamie. >> jamie: thank you so much for the look there. thank you. and as peter mentioned the federal court of appeals did unanimously ruled that president obama violated the constitution when he bypassed with a recess appointments that involved three vacancies to the national labor relations board. a tactic both parties used to keep presidents appointing people they don't like and the president claims he acted properly because the senate was away for the holidays, but the federal court didn't agree, instead that the senate was still technically in session. what does it mean for the country's labor board and union battles that are raging across our country? well, coming up, we're going to take a very interesting look at this with jay sekulow and one of the attorneys arguing that the administra
for that job. and john brennan and acting cia director michael morell remain on the short list. history shows most presidents get the nominees they want but in this political environment, there's no guarantee. >> it used to just be supreme court justices who inspire these sort of partisan free for alls. now it's bleeding down into a cabinet pick as well. >> reporter: the president has already made one choice for secretary of state, senator john kerry for that position. he's expected to have a smooth confirmation. i did talk to a senior administration official, asked him if the president had already settled on names for all of those positions but just not made them public. this official telling me, quote, no decision is final. wolf. >> >> dalothian in hawaii for us. let's dig deeper. the politics behind philly. our sister publication "time" magazine takes a closer look at that. michael crowley is joining us here in "the situation room." thanks for coming in. >> thanks, wolf. >> it's never completely easy getting confirmation. you nominate someone, getting them confirmed. it looks like it's goi
of the stories in the news. here is this from the associated press. -- president obama will nominate john brennan. this will be announced at an event this afternoon. he is nominating chuck hagel as his next defense secretary. both must be confirmed by the senate. obama considered brennan for the top cia job in 2008. there were questions about his connection to enhance interrogation techniques. the associated press says brandy knight involvement -- brennan denied involvement. chuck hagel will be nominated as defense secretary today. here is that story from "u.s. today." this is seen as controversial. president obama's choice of chuck hagel to leave the defense department likely size of a contentious nomination fight in the senate. this came up yesterday in a sunday talk show. senator lindsey graham addressed it on cnn. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense for the state of israel in the nations history. he has said you should negotiate with iran. sanctions will not work. israel should negotiate with hamas. he also is one of 12 se
these three new faces, chuck hagel, john kerry, and john brennan, you know, ashow do they feel about walking away from afghanistan? we talked about it before and it didn't go so well. >> reporter: that's correct. we'll have to what it and see the positions these new if, in fact, they do get confirmed how they will view this transition. our understanding is when you look at the defense department and someone like mr. hagel would most likely be leaning towards what we're seeing with the president, more aggressive in drawdown -- drawing down the troops in afghanistan. you know, we have to look back to the president during both of his campaigns made the promise of ending the war, first of all, in the first campaign in iraq, and drawing down the troops in the war -- winding down the war in afghanistan. in his second campaign he focused on that again, winding down the war in afghanistan, so this is in many ways the president delivering on that promise. but as we've been talking about, how quickly it should happen, how aggressive it should be is a big issue that will be discussed here today and con
campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> and president obama will also nominate this morning john brennan as the new cia director. brennan is currently the president's counterterrorism and homeland security adviser. he's also a 25-year cia veteran. president obama considered nominating brennan for the job four years ago. but brennan withdrew his name after being criticized for his connection for controversial techniques during the bush administration. >>> ben japan netanyahu wants to put up a fence along the border that israel shares with syria. he says he's concerned about the country's space. israel has already north fid six miles of the -- fortified six miles of the border between the two countries. >>> expect a big celebration pat min net fa san jose international airport this friday. that's when nipon airways is expected to fly the dreamliner between san jose and tokyo. it's designed to make longer flights comfortable with bigger windows and more storage space. the airline will have five flights every week from san jose. airline industry analysts say there could be fewer experienced
obama will be nominating john brennan for the director of the cia to replace david petraeus to resign are with the scandal regarding his affair. britons are than the cia for 25 years where he currently serves as the president's top counter-terrorism adviser. president obama consider britain for the top c.i.a. job and 2008 the british withdrew his name amid questions about his connection to enhance interrogation techniques in the cia during the bush administration. the official announcement is expected this afternoon. >> a man is on the run this morning after police say he intentionally set a woman on fire at the bayview district of san francisco. police say baxter however 200 seen here. witnesses tell standards as the police said they heard a woman screaming out hollister avenue between third and jennings yesterday afternoon. police a however prosser a perfectible liquid over her and then set her on fire. it's possible that afterwards oliver walk down the street inward and light rail train. investigators are not releasing what led to the confrontation in many and a brighter side of th
's nomination of john brennan to be the next cia director suggests that trend is likely to continue. brennan, a strong proponent of drones as the president's chief counterterrorism advisor. for more on how the u.s. drone program works let's get to chief washington correspondent james rosen. he is live for us at the state department. james? >> reporter: jon, good morning. this program presents a consistent headache for the diplomats in this building and who must frequently contend with complaints from afghan and pakistani officials who say these drones all too often wind up killing innocent civilians instead of terrorists the drone program is one of the national security initiatives that president obama inherited from the bush administration and one which the current commander-in-chief has dramatically expanded. for all his criticism of president bush during the 2008 campaign over his conduct of the war on terror president obama has largely kept in place if not enhanced the architecture of that war as mr. bush and his advisors designed it. with his announcement yesterday that he is seeking to
, of course, a new secretary of defense. john brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser in the west wing. it's actually a post brennan has wanted for years and now is going to get it. as for defense, this is the third time the president has had to fill an opening at the pentagon. for the second time, his choice is a republican. this time it's former senator chuck hagel, which is already touching off a big political fight. before chuck hagel can take over at the pentagon, he must be confirmed by the senate and he's already facing an uphill battle. even though democrats control the senate, nbc news has learn ed as many as 10 democratic senators could vote against hagel. public publicly, leading democrats have not expressed much support. >> i would have to study his record. >> as a republican, he may find support from his old republican colleagues to come by. >> there will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he will be treated fairly. >> reporter: he became known as a thorn in the side of republicans turning against the iraq war in 2007. >> most divisive since
with the others down the road. >> reporter: yeah, and john brennan for cia is going to be a lot about benghazi, a lot about the drone program, and a lot of questions that we likely are going to be very interested in hearing in that hearing. martha: absolutely. bret, thank you very much. >> reporter: you got it. martha: see you tonight. bill: i can't remember the last time we saw theresa hines kerry. it's been a longtime. martha: yes it has. bill: you reached out to a number of senators. what did they tell but this hearing and what we can expect? >> reporter: they seem to think that essentially john kerry shares the president's philosophy, and so it's the privilege of the president to get a cabinet team around him essentially that will carry out his wishes, and so they felt like he has plenty of experience, he's obviously one of the veterans on capitol hill, someone who has been here a very longtime. they didn't see anything in his background that necessarily would be a red flag. obviously you ask the questions, you want to know what he sees going forward in terms of leading the state departmen
. the president has promoted four women to senior posts in the white house. most notably lisa monaco that if john brennan is confirmed to run cia, she will be the president's white house adviser on homeland security and she has an interesting resume herself. >> let's talk more about that. we saw valerie jared. had had a chance to press her on whether or not the white house feels there's a sufficient amount of women and diversity on the cabinet. they say when it is all said and done, it will be reflective of the united states. do you get a sense the white house -- there will be more announcements and look more diverse? >> reporter: sylvia matthews burrell is the top contender to run the office of management and budget, which is currently run by jeff and previously run by lew. on may be the administration and then at the gates foundation and now walmart so that would be one woman. and then lisa monaco is an interesting person. she's currently at the justice department. she was fbi director mueller's chief of staff. she also worked on the enron task force helping to prosecute some of the people in
adviser as his homeland security adviser, taking the place of john brennan. brennan is being moved over to the cia and if brennan is confirmed there, he will now have a woman advising him on homeland security matters. it would not be the first time a woman filled this role. fran townsend, now adviser to cnn previously held that post for the bush administration, but it would be a woman taking a senior post. we have learned that sylvia matthews burr well who worked in the clinton administration is the top contender for omb director although that is not done. >> janet napolitano is staying on as secretary as well. thanks for that. jessica yellen at the white house. let's dig deeper with the correspondent, cnn's state of the union. women are coming in. there women in the administration. does he still have a gender diversity problem? >> let's ask this when we get further down the line. this is not about the title. when you look around and you look at chief of staff, secretary of state pentagon chief, those are -- the treasury secretary, those are the most powerful cabinet level and chief of
will get to that in just a second. but tomorrow is the confirmation hearing on chuck hagle and john brennan. i would imagine, meredith, from your conversations on the hill that it's not going to be as easy sledding for hagle and brennan. >> no. this has been -- this hagel story has been fascinating. i have been covering it for a few weeks now. i wrote this story two weeks ago, i guess it was, three weeks ago, about a stamp sending teams democratic and republican aides alike forwarding anti-hagle articles before his boss came out one way or the other. he hasn't decided where he was falling on hagel. you see all of these back-channel interests trying to influence the vote but at the end of the day i asked senator durbin whether or not democrats were going to basically vote united for hagle. and he said when he whips the vote last week, he hadn't found a single " no" yet. there were a few people who want to wait to see what he said in committee at the armed services hearing but at the most part, everyone is on board. you have to pick off five republican
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